The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, named OSHA for short, is an agency that sets and maintains safety compliance for businesses. To safely run a business, you must regularly ensure that your work environment meets OSHA standards. If not, you could be on the hook for thousands of dollars in fines and legal fees. Additionally, failure to adhere to OSHA policies could result in the shut down of your business until safety measures are met.
Initially created in 1971 under the Department of Labor, OSHA’s functions extend beyond simple inspection for safety. OSHA is responsible for many education, training, and resource programs that help employees understand their rights regarding unsafe working conditions.
Without OSHA, there would be no regulations to monitor or eliminate unsafe working conditions due to faulty equipment, exhaustive work hours, or lack of safety measures. As a result, OSHA’s rules have become standards in the industry, and following their compliances ensures that all of your employees can work in a safe and healthy environment.
OSHA’s long list of compliance monitoring tasks could fill several libraries’ worth of text. Their goal of creating and maintaining a safe work environment extends to many aspects of safety, including:
· Fall Protection
· Disease Prevention & Control
· Protected Entry & Exit
· Machine & Anti-Slip Guards
· Disposal Techniques For Hazardous Materials
Every safety concern that could possibly exist within any business is guaranteed to have volumes of OSHA regulations mandating how to avoid the scenario best.
Regulations are updated regularly to account for new technologies, world events, and environmental awareness. For example, OSHA developed new mandates for social distancing to help limit the spread of COVID-19. These guidelines were vital in ensuring that businesses allowed to stay open during the pandemic could do so at the utmost safety for their employees.